In the perimeter of Bastogne, during the Battle of the Ardennes

Built by my grandfather Jules Koeune in 1902, in the perimeter of Bastogne, it was the target of the German army in December 1944. Its cellars served as a refuge for around forty civilians until December 20, 1944, when a shell fired by a German Panzer crossed the north face window and demolished the thick interior wall. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured, a miracle. One of the two metal bars of the ventilator still testifies to this terrible impact.

The son of Jules Koeune (Jean), my dad, greatly contributed to the reconstruction.

Clearing and good sorting were necessary for the reuse of good bricks.

The roof was one of the priorities to quickly restore the interior of the house.

The barnyard was essential for feeding the family.